Leadership Team

Niraj Gemawat
Niraj Gemawat, Chairman & Managing Director

Niraj is the Founder Director and Chief Architect of the team catapulting Gateway TechnoLabs…

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Niraj Gemawat:

Niraj Gemawat

Niraj heads Gateway Group of Companies as the Chairman & Managing Director.

He is the Founder Director and Chief Architect of the team catapulting Gateway TechnoLabs as one of the best choices of offshore software development companies in India. He is responsible for consolidated growth in markets across the globe. He spells out the vision and the strategic direction of Gateway TechnoLabs and oversees the company's expansion. He is at the helm of several initiatives in technology, applications, processes, customer deliveries and business development.

He is responsible for business development, management of P&L and finance function of the company. In addition to driving revenue and profitability a key part of his focus is to ensure that the appropriate structure is in place to deliver continued high levels of client satisfaction at a time of strong growth in the company.

Managing the consistent growth of the company over the years while retaining 100% financial stability and continuous sustenance of the company by having the best of the teams to work for the company to retain its cutting edge technological competence in the Global markets has been his core competence. People management, financial planning and Process orientation at operational level have been his forte.

We have built a philosophy of growth around the key drivers of Client Intimacy, Sustainable Relationship which delivers the highest value, Operational Excellence and Delivery of end to end IT & Business Services for our customers.

For our customers it means that we are able to operate a Global Delivery Philosophy - offering our clients a choice where their services will be delivered from, doing the right things for the client within a fine set of business frameworks and values making sure our success as a business is measured by our clients' success in their business.

He is an Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from one of the top 10 Management Institutes in India.

Indrajit Mitra
Indrajit Mitra, JT Managing Director

Indrajit is the Joint Managing Director of Gateway Group of Companies. He is responsible for technology…

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Indrajit Mitra:

Indrajit Mitra

Indrajit is the Joint Managing Director of Gateway Group of Companies.

He is responsible for technology transformation, quality and overall project management. He heads his super team of over 1000+ software developers. He and his team have a 100% delivery record and have brought all the name and fame that Gateway has in terms of having a powerful multi platform and multi skilled technology team. He is responsible for the Best Software Development Practices to be followed by the company.

He is almost fanatical about delivering value and quality to our customers and his willingness to sacrifice business and profits to hold on to our commitment and promise. He has consistently delivered significant positive change and envisioned and built the technology team at Gateway.

His leadership inspires to give shape to the collective efforts of his team, who use technology to shape standard & unheard-of solutions.

Indrajit has been responsible to work and successfully complete Enterprise level applications working within Gateway.

Prior to being a part of Gateway Indrajit served as Project Manager for Veritas Inc., He has over 15+ years of experience. He has done Bachelors in Science and Masters in Computer Application from Gujarat University.

Vipin Moharir
Vipin Moharir, CEO NINtec BV, Director Gateway Group

Vipin is CEO of NINtec B.V., NL and Partner & Director at Gateway Group Of Companies.

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Vipin Moharir:

Vipin Moharir

Vipin is founder and CEO of NINtec B.V., The Netherlands and Partner & Director at Gateway Group Of Companies.

He has over 15 years of managerial & consulting experience working across large IT-enabled business areas and also currently serves on the board of directors of The Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade (NICCT).

He has previously worked with large American & British Multinationals like Logica and CSC before setting up NINtec B.V. Presently, Vipin spearheads Gateway NINtec group of companies by investing and developing clients relations, expanding domain expertise and establishing client servicing centers in multiple international geographies. Vipin holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronics Engineering (India) and a Masters in Business Administration (The Netherlands).

Rahul GanatraRahul Ganatra,

Director - Global Software Sales

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Rahul Ganatra:

Rahul Ganatra

Rahul Ganatra currently handles global sales organization within Gateway and very specifically the Scandinavian, Middle East, Australia, South Africa and DACH regions and also heads the Gaming, Search Engine and Online Digital Marketing (SEO/SMO/SMM) and Strategic Technology divisions at Gateway.

In his profile he drives the actual sales process within the geographies he heads which involves relationship management with customers and partners and ensures a high degree of repeat business generation. His team is responsible for sales, presales and deliveries within his domain of operations.

Rahul has over 18 years of experience in IT and has worked across various geographies with prominent multinational companies. He has spent over 9 years operating and heading professional services operations in Australia and pacific countries focusing on ERP Solutions, Consulting and IT infrastructure. His strong techno commercial background in IT solution sales has been instrumental in formulating and executing strategies for growth.

After spending almost a decade working abroad, he has returned to India and has settled back in Ahmedabad where he hails from.

Rahul is very passionate about people oriented and people focused growth and ensure that the very philosophy of “Customer Delight” is achieved at all levels of Gateway operations.

He also believes that every individual should absolutely enjoy his or her work and finding the perfect balance in one's professional and personal lives, can sustain an individual's growth and thereby the growth of the organization.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics engineering from SP University, V.V. Nagar and MBA in marketing from MS University, Baroda.

Pavak ShahPavak Shah,

CSO & EVP Strategic Initiatives

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Pavak Shah:

Pavak Shah

Pavak is the CSO and EVP Strategic Initiatives at Gateway.

Pavak has over fifteen years of experience in the information technology industry, in both operational and entrepreneurial roles. He has had a successful career gaining valuable insights in strategic planning, global delivery operations and new business development in the North America, Europe, Middle East and India by starting and growing successful IT ventures.

At Gateway, which he joined by merging his startup in 2002, Pavak heads the Global Sales organization as CSO, and provides valuable strategic inputs in formulating the successful Gateway growth plan in various markets. Pavak's expertise has been exploring and establishing new markets. He brings the entrepreneurial energy and agility to lead the team into uncharted waters and establishing Gateway's foothold in those markets. North America and DACH regions are his current passion.

Pavak also takes up additional responsibility as EVP Strategic Initiatives. He works closely with the Board of Directors and  focuses on charting a path to help achieve the company’s growth, including organic and inorganic opportunities. Currently, he is scouting for Joint Venture partners in Germany, USA and UK. 

He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA and Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Gujarat University, India.

Pentti HeikkinenPentti Heikkinen,

CEO, Gateway Technolabs Finland Oy

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Pentti Heikkinen:

Pentti Heikkinen

Pentti is the Co-founder and the CEO of Finnish joint venture Gateway TechnoLabs Finland.

He has an extensive 27 years of experience in IT Service and Product businesses, of which more than 20 years is in Executive Group Management positions in international IT service companies, like TietoEnator Corp (current Tieto) where Pentti latest held Group CEO Position and CapGemini Finland.

He has an extensive international business experience having run businesses in 27 countries and wide knowledge in M&A, divestments and outsourcing with a track record of close to 100 transactions and 3 cross-border mergers. Pentti took his first steps in offshore field in late 1990´s.

His favorite hobby is playing football. He has played for almost 35 years in different football teams.

Pentti holds a Master’s Degree at University of Jyväskylä 1985; Master of Science (Econ.) majored in computer science (Business Economics and Marketing).

Pentti is also currently a member of the board in 4 companies including Basware plc and Tecnotree plc.

Makoto OgawaMakoto Ogawa,


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Makoto Ogawa:

Makoto Ogawa

Mr. Ogawa was with Japanese think-tank and SI for over 7 years.

He was with multiple US technology companies for 10 years including country manager role for Japan operation for three years. He was also the Japan operations representative for an Indian IT vendor for 9 years.

He established his own Company in India to help Japanese companies operations in India especially in manufacturing and entertainment area.

He has joined Gateway TechnoLabs Japan Ltd. (NIPPON GTL) as a CEO to lead the operations in Japan.

He was CEO of a Japanese IT company for 3 years

He will make use of his long experience and knowledge for accelerating growth of business in Japan. He will strive to enhance the development environment for a Japanese system in India and possibility of collaboration of Gateway TechnoLabs and Japanese companies in global environment.

He is Bachelor of Engineering and Electronics Engineering from Tokyo Noko University.

Elvar ThorkelssonElvar Thorkelsson,

Regional Director UK, Ireland and Iceland

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Elvar Thorkelsson:

Elvar Thorkelsson

Elvar has about 30 years IT experience and over 15 years of managerial, sales and consulting experience with companies like Capacent, Oracle and Microsoft.

Elvar spearheaded Microsoft Iceland for the first 3 years, then lead Microsoft Information Worker Business in Russia and Microsoft Office business in Central Eastern Europe, covering 27 countries. For the last three years Elvar has been doing business consulting in Iceland, both independently and with Capacent Iceland. Before Microsoft Elvar lead his own company Teymi, mainly in Iceland but also in Sweden and Denmark. Teymi was acquired in 2002.

Elvar holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science (California State University, Chico, USA) and a Master of Business Administration (Kent Business School, Canterbury, UK).

Vilas NagarVilas Nagar,

Director (Engineering & Research)

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Vilas Nagar:

Vilas Nagar

Vilas Nagar is the Director - Engineering & Research with Gateway Group of Companies. He is also an active member of Resource Management Group (RMG) which is core group having responsibility of ensuring smooth deliveries and future growth of the company.

He also plays a crucial role as Client Success Director in ensuring smoother delivery process and win-win situation for both client and Gateway. His rich exposure to various engagement models helps delivery team devise the strategies for optimal delivery and execution model.

In the era of technology world when a new technology is born very often, constant focus on emerging and higher technology is critical for the overall growth of the company in the future ahead. It would be his visions along with the Jt. Technology Director of the company which will be responsible to ensure that the company remains on the cutting edge of technology.

He joined Gateway in 1997 as a project engineer and has played key role in Gateway's Education & Training endeavor to prepare future IT force. Prior to taking the current role few years back, he has been instrumental and active participant in architecture and project management for the development of many critical and large scale projects in the field of Financial, Insurance, Banking, e-commerce and IT services sector.

Vilas holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication from Gujarat University.

Sandeep KulkarniSandeep Kulkarni,

SVP - Strategic Initiatives

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Sandeep Kulkarni:

Sandeep Kulkarni

Sandeep Suryakant Kulkarni takes care of the US, Japan and India region as ‘Senior Vice President – Strategic Initiatives’ and heads Pune operations for Gateway group. Sandeep looks after Gateway aniMedia Works (GMW) and Gateway’s Digital & Innovative Media Marketing Strategy (gDIMMS) teams.

Sandeep has got progressively responsible experience of 18+ years in Strategic Initiatives, Consulting & Engagements, Innovative Media Marketing Strategy, Corporate Affairs, Large Scale Operations, Change Management, and Program management. He is Gateway Engagement Methodology (GEM) certified professional.

Earlier Sandeep has got rich experience with the leading scientific society of the Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India as a Core Team Member for Advanced Computing Programs and operations in India and abroad.

Sandeep has got vast experience of working in multi-cultural / cross-cultural environments in Asia, Africa, US, Europe, China and CIS region. Sandeep lead the feasibility studies for various International Projects of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India for setting up of Centre of Excellence in ICT (CoEICT) at Ghana, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Myanmar, Armenia, Belarus, Turkmenistan and Seychelles. He was involved in collaborative ICT engagements in the US, UK, Dubai, Japan, Sri Lanka and Mauritius.

Sandeep has published research paper on “A Study on the Importance of Cross-Cultural Issues in Setting up of Centre of Excellence in ICT to Support E-governance Initiatives in CIS & African Region” during the “6th International Conference on Asian Language Processing & IT at Tashkent, Uzbekistan”.

Sandeep is an electronics graduate, MBA (Marketing) and Diploma in Advanced Computing (DAC). Sandeep has a keen interest in photography, travelling and alternate healing therapies.

Pratik MehtaPratik Mehta,

Director - Delivery Excellence

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Pratik Mehta:

Pratik Mehta

Pratik is Director – Delivery Excellence at Gateway Group of Companies.

With 14 years in the global IT industry, his experience spans across handling key functions like devising corporate strategies, managing customer relationship and delivery operations. In addition, Pratik also focuses on growing Gateway’s relationships with Key Strategic Accounts across all Geographies while maintaining “Customer Delight”.

Known for his capabilities in creating high performance teams, delivering quality solutions and nurturing strong client relationships, Pratik spearheads the global delivery organization at Gateway by playing a pivotal role in offering innovative solutions, institutionalizing process initiatives, proactively nurturing key alliances and leveraging business partnerships.

Passionate about overachieving expectations, Pratik works actively with the Resource Management Group to cultivate a culture of over-achievement at Gateway there by enabling “ordinary people do extraordinary things” and ensuring optimal use of Human Resources for competitive advantage and achieving that extra mile

A keen lover of sports and an avid cricket fan, Pratik holds Bachelors in Science (Electronics) & Masters of Computer Applications.

Amal DerasaryAmal Derasary,

Vice President (V&V Services)

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Amal Derasary:

Amal Derasary

Amal is responsible for V&V Services, and SEPG (Software Engineering Process Group) at Gateway Technolabs.

He has 18 years of industry experience to develop software solutions for wide range of technology platforms, implementation of Software Quality processes and V&V services in Manufacturing, Insurance, Transportation, Communication, Finance and Health industries. He has extensive experience to grow service lines from conceptual to P&L level.

He provided services to Fortune-500 organizations at North America and Europe for their global initiatives such as IT service outsourcing, Implementation of Managed Test Center, PMO setup, Offshorization of testing activities, Software and Testing process optimization and metrics implementation.

He played an instrumental role at various initiatives such as employee mentorship program and knowledge management. He is software process auditor and Six Sigma (Black Belt) practitioner.

Amal earned graduate degree in electronics, followed by post a graduate certification in computer software architecture and post graduate certification in management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM-K).

Pravin Kumar,

Director - Corporate

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Pravin Kumar:

Pravin is the Director Corporate of the company looking after Organization Building with Strategic focus on select Business Divisions, Technologies & Geographies as well as new initiatives. He also leads Gateway’s Information Security business GSecureLabs.

A Management Graduate from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pravin began his career initially partnering the people dimension of businesses with an entrepreneurial zeal. This helped him develop understanding of  the nuances and building blocks required to achieve strategic long term organization goals. Besides Human Resources, he has actively worked in the areas of Business Development, Marketing Communication, Corporate communication, Organization restructuring, M&A, Post Merger Integration & Harmonization and Corporate Social Responsibility.

He brings with him over 2 decades of corporate experience having worked with Indian as well as multinational companies in Technology, Supply Chain,  Financial services & Manufacturing sector. He has to his credit being core member of the Senior management Team, building one of the country’s most  successful world class Logistics / Supply Chain business over a decade.

Pravin has interest in Academics as well, this helps him keep posted about new developments & business trends. He has been a visiting faculty in Business schools and enjoys good rapport with budding professionals.

Bharat ThakerBharat Thaker,

Sr VP - Global Financial Management & Corporate Affairs

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Bharat Thaker:

Bharat Thaker

Bharat is working as Senior Vice President- Global Financial Management & Corporate Affairs with Gateway Group of Companies. He has over 14 years of industry as well as functional experience, expertise and successful track record in incubating and managing Corporate Accounts and Finance function.

He is an experienced and adept professional handling major Global functions like Corporate Advisory, Risk Management, Internal and Management Audit, International Accounting, Treasury operations and surplus management, International Taxation, Overseas investments, Transfer pricing, Setting up operational and process Control functions, etc.

In addition to above, he is also a part of the Management Core Team for strategic planning and control as well as working on new initiatives & organic as well as inorganic growth. His major role consists of preparation of Annual business plans, cash flow projections, forecasts and long term plans, Budgeting and analysis, Secretarial and statutory compliance, Accounts and MIS, Planning and Budgeting including budgetary controls & Management and Financial Reporting

Sandipan KarSandipan Kar,

Director - Operations & HR

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Sandipan Kar:

Sandipan Kar

Sandipan is the Director - Operations & Director Human Resources of Gateway Group of Companies.

His rich and varied experience in software technologies and management ranges from software Development and project management to heading large Information Technology departments and software delivery which include fortune 100 Companies. He has worked in verticals like NBFC/ Banking and Capital Market, Discrete Manufacturing, Healthcare, Utilities and Services and IT consulting.

Born at Calcutta, India, Sandipan completed his post graduate studies in Physics from Calcutta University & was a gold medalist. He has done senior management studies at IIM (A).

Sandipan is a nominee Director of SEBI on the board of Ahmedabad Capital Markets (a subsidiary of Ahmedabad Stock Exchange). He is also a guest faculty at Indian Institute of Management (IIM - A) and an Advisor to the Chief Justice of Gujarat. He is a past Chairman of CSI- Computer Society of India( Ahmedabad Chapter) and has been the founding chairman of CIO group of the society.

Sonal ShahSonal Shah,

SVP - Strategic Initiatives & People Engagement

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Sonal Shah:

Sonal Shah

Sonal is Sr. VP – Strategic Initiatives & People Engagement at Gateway Group of Companies.

Sonal is a core HR professional with over decade of experience within the Information Technology & Offshore practice vertical with global exposure. Her exposure across the Industry with domain expertise of HR has given an edge over fellow professionals by adding perspective of each industry concern and added to overall sensitivity required to function as an HR professional. She headed the India Operation with an IT MNC as her previous assignment and implemented precision in processes for smooth and easy functioning. Being a people’s person; Sonal adds the extra mile in terms of conceiving the Strategy plan and execution along with HR management, Development and execution across the border.

With us Sonal is entrusted with over all Human resource planning, strategic initiatives- including workforce development and organization effectiveness, staffing and hiring top talent. With a Master’s degree in literature and Diploma in Computers, she has been a core member of management team with several IT solution providers and consulting companies. She brings high-energy, excellent work ethics and a ‘Let's do it’ attitude to the table and inspires other to the same.

Sameer PradhanSameer Pradhan,

Head - Future Engineering & Technical Excellence

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Sameer Pradhan:

Sameer Pradhan

Sameer is Head - Future Engineering & Technical Excellence for Gateway Group of companies.

In his role as Head - Future Engineering & Technical Excellence, Sameer is responsible for exploring cutting edge technologies and adapting them to client solutions, bringing technology competency in the development team and preparing them to deliver state of technology solutions with adaptation of the best practices in the industry. He is also responsible for exploring new technological frameworks and upcoming technology architectures for possible utilization in client solutions.

Sameer has over 18 years of industry experience in information technology and telecommunication and has a B. Tech Information Technology and Master in Computer Science from Pune University. He is very determined to ensure that solutions presented to the clients adapt the right technology and are scalable to adapt to new platform requirements of the ever growing Information Technology industry.

Lina BudhwaniLina Budhwani,

Chief Financial Officer

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Lina Budhwani:

Lina Budhwani

Lina Budhwani is the Chief Financial Officer at Gateway Group of Companies.

In her role as Chief Financial Officer, Lina is responsible for Corporate & Business Finance, International Taxation, Financial Planning and Budgetary Control and Global Treasury and Risk Management of Gateway Group.

With experience of over 10 years in various segments of Finance Function, her key priorities are Revenue assurance and margin management to support the company's growth, manage critical finance function and adhere to regulatory and compliance requirements for all Group Companies across the globe.

She is also a part of the Strategic Planning Team for due diligence and project viability of the new initiatives of Gateway Group for diversification, organic and inorganic growth.

Lina is a Chartered Accountant by profession with Master's degree in Commerce and a Law Graduate.

Stephen CoversStephen Covers,

CEO, Gateway Technolabs UK and Ireland

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Stephen Covers:

Stephen Covers

Stephen Covers, is the CEO of Gateways Technolabs, UK and Ireland. Steve, as he likes to be called, has extensive experience in Sales, Marketing, Operations, Finance and General Management and has enjoyed a successful business career spanning more than 25 years in the Global ICT Industry. His passion is to create significant business advantage for his clients using innovative services and solutions for his clients.

Steve believes, that in order for a company to deliver optimised, competitive and strategic solutions to its customers, its’ people should strive hard to gain in-depth knowledge of their client’s business and its needs, before asking for one.

Steve has led several profitable and high growth business outsourcing divisions for over 10 years of his career, and while this has been his primary focus, he has personally led many successful global business programmes across many different verticals; including securing and delivering several ICT outsourcing projects and contracts, each in excess of $150m value or more.

Steve has a degree in Physical Science (Hons) from Coventry University, London. In 1982, soon after his graduation, Steve started his career as a Software Graduate Engineer for a Digital Equipment Company. Thereon, Steve has supported a series of senior roles in sales, commercial, and operational in companies like Sprint, Equant, Verizon Business and Getronics.

Steve and his wife Mandy live with their three children to the West of London, where they enjoy walking and watching their children participate in various sporting activities. Steve is co-founder and co-owner of Gemani Ltd., a strategic partner of Gateway Technolabs in UK and Ireland.

We wish all the best to Steve.